Labor Day Weekend Retreat at MA Center Chicago

Aug 31, 2013 2:00pm to Sep 2, 2013 3:00pm (ended)

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Labor Day Weekend Retreat at MA Center Chicago

Spiritual classes, yoga, eco-meditation, question & answer sessions, devotional singing, delicious vegetarian meals, selfless service in outdoor/indoor projects, an evening campfire and more. The retreat will be led by MA Center Chicago’s director, Br. Shantamritaji, who will discuss: Spiritual Ecology, The Five Elements in Nature and in Us, Food and Spirituality, and Five Elements Meditation.

Retreat Registration & Payment (Please refer to details below)

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Retreat Payments:

 

Schedule Highlights 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST

2 pm Retreat Registration

3 – 4 pm Guided Tour of MA Center Chicago (MACC)

5 pm Evening Program with Br. Shantamrita’s Talk on "Spiritual Ecology"

8 pm Dinner

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

6 am – 7:15 am Archana (Amma’s 108 Names, Lalita Sahasranama, Ayigiri Nandini)

7:45 – 9:00 am Yoga

10:30 – 11:30 am Br. Shantamrita’s Talk on "The Five Elements in Nature and in Us" and Q&A

11:30 – 12:30 pm Contemplation/writing time while walking the grounds

2 – 4 pm A Gift to Amma For Her 60th Birthday! Hands-On Involvement in MA Center Chicago’s Organic Farming Projects

4 – 5 pm Nature Walk & Ecomeditation

6 – 8 pm Evening Program with Br. Shantamrita’s Talk on "Food and Spirituality"

9 – 10 pm Campfire with Storytelling and Bhajans

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND

6 – 7:15 am Archana (Amma’s 108 Names, Lalita Sahasranama, Ayigiri Nandini)

8 – 9 am Yoga

10:30 – 11:30 am Q&A with Br. Shantamrita

11:30 – 12:30 pm Five Elements Meditation

1:30 – 2:45 pm A Gift to Amma For Her 60th Birthday! Join the InDEED Campaign

3 pm Conclusion of the Retreat

Retreat Cost

Individuals

Register by Aug 24

Register After Aug 24

Full Retreat

$85

$100

One Day

$45

$60

Families Maximum 5 people, register by Aug 24

   

Full Retreat

$150

 

One Day

$90

 

Accommodation

Limited shared onsite accommodation offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Please bring your own bedding and toiletry. Donation $25 per night per individual.

For a list of nearby hotels, please visit our website at chicago.amma.org and look in the "Local Guides" section.

Note: None of the nearby hotels are offering any special rate for this event.

PACKAGE DEAL - Register by Aug 24

  • Individuals - Full Retreat with Shared Accommodation - $125
  • Family (maximum 5 people) - Full Retreat with Shared Accommodation - $235

Location:

MA CENTER CHICAGO
41W501 KESLINGER RD, ELBURN, IL 60119 

Additional Details:

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Saturday
May
25
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: South Lodge Community Room at MA Center Chicago Join us Saturday mornings for an open yoga class with simple, gentle Amrita Yoga postures/asanas. No prior experience or training in Amrita Yoga is necessary.  "The purpose of Yoga is for our inner well-being. It does not belong to any... more ›
Saturday
May
25
10:30am - 8:30pm
Join us Saturday for a day of community, seva (selfless service), and satsang, starting with seva at 10:30 am (lunch will be provided for all volunteers). Group archana will be held at 6 pm, followed by bhajans, arati, meditation, and dinner.  We are thrilled that Amma will visit MA Center Chicago... more ›
Saturday
May
25
4:00pm - 5:00pm
"A river that flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›
Sunday
May
26
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Join the MA Center Chicago knitting and crocheting group to help people in need of warm hats, scarves, and more. The group meets from 3PM to 5PM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month in the South Lodge Community Room.  All skill levels are welcome, and if you are unable to attend the... more ›
Monday
May
27
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a group viewing of a Rama television series in the MA Center Chicago satsang hall every Sunday at 2 pm CT (except the first Sunday of every month, which is dedicated to... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: South Lodge Community Room at MA Center Chicago Join us Saturday mornings for an open yoga class with simple, gentle Amrita Yoga postures/asanas. No prior experience or training in Amrita Yoga is necessary.  "The purpose of Yoga is for our inner well-being. It does not belong to any... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
10:30am - 8:30pm
Join us Saturday for a day of community, seva (selfless service), and satsang, starting with seva at 10:30 am (lunch will be provided for all volunteers). Group archana will be held at 6 pm, followed by bhajans, arati, meditation, and dinner.  We are thrilled that Amma will visit MA Center Chicago... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Amrita Book Club of North America gives participants an opportunity to dive more deeply into Amma’s teachings. The club meets twice a month on the first and third Saturdays from 2 pm to 3 pm via Zoom to explore Amma’s books and books written by Amma's senior disciples. All are welcome to attend... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Amrita Bala Kendra (ABK) passes on Amma’s teachings to children through fun and engaging activities such as stories, bhajans, arts and crafts, celebration of festivals and service projects. ABK focuses on values, multi cultural traditions, and spiritual practices.  ABK is held in-person in the MA... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
4:00pm - 5:00pm
"A river that flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›

Our daily spiritual practices include:

WHITE FLOWER MEDITATION
Daily* at 6:00 pm

Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Satsang days, which are generally every Saturday) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85858112151?pwd=SVllVHVZS1BIU050Uy8xRHpqcUZpQT09

Meeting ID: 858 5811 2151

Passcode: 549947
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,85858112151# US (Chicago)
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The White Flower meditation at 6 pm CT is preceded by a 10-minute silent Ma Om meditation, so please feel free to join the Zoom early (at 5:50 pm CT) to participate.

A photo of the MA Center Chicago altar, including Amma's picture

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 6:30 pm (in-person only)

  • Guru Stotram Chanting
  • Bhajans (devotional singing)
  • Closing prayers and Arati